Austal has received contract modifications from the US Department of Defence (DoD) to a previously existing contract for littoral combat ships (LCS) for the US Navy.
This modification, which increases the LCS contract value by a fixed-price amount of $6.8m, will enable the US Navy to procure a spare Sea Giraffe radar for the Independence variant LCS programme.
In 2011, the US Navy contracted Saab Sensis to provide the Sea Giraffe agile multibeam (AMB) naval surveillance radar in support of its LCS programme.
The Sea Giraffe AMB is a multirole, medium-range 3D surveillance radar designed to offer simultaneous air, surface and weapon capabilities in littoral and blue-water operations.
The system helps in rapid detection of anti-ship and anti-radiation missiles, small UAVs, mortars and swarming small craft.
Meanwhile, the Independence variant LCS USS Jackson (LCS 6) successfully completed the first of three scheduled full ship shock trial (FSST) blasts.
The shock trials are intended to exhibit to ship’s ability to endure the effects of underwater explosions, while retaining its capability.
USS Jackson represents the fifth LCS and the third Independence variant to join the US navy. The new 127m-long, high-speed, highly manoeuvrable combat ship has a full-load displacement of 2,637t, an operational range of 4,300nm, and is capable of cruising at a speed of 40k.
The LCS class comprises two variants the Freedom and Independence classes, which are developed by two industry teams, led by Lockheed Martin and Austal respectively.
Austal is under a $3.5bn contract to build Independence-variant LCSs for the US Navy.
Image: USS Jackson completes first of three scheduled full-ship shock trials. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Bevan/Released.